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VIDEO: Coginchaug Football Team Honors Veteran

Maj. Valerie Smith of Montville took the field Saturday as an Honorary Captain of the Blue Devils before the team's game against Lewis Mills. Coginchaug will honor a local veteran at every home game this season.

Click here to read more about Maj. Valerie Smith.

Rockfall Resident October 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Thanks for taking the time to do tis. The Coginchaug football team is taking time when so many of us do not stop and think about what has become the longest war in American history. We should be proud of all that happened at that game Saturday. The team looked dominant, but classy in the win. But they looked even better at the coin flip, with this proud veteran in their midst.
Big K October 08, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Gary L. Paxton: No one is "poking holes in what everyone else is doing" Just asking, What do you consider "LOCAL?" Also did anyone check wth the Local VFW or The American Legion?
Big K October 08, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Scott Wheeler; I didn't write anything that would suggest that I was, or meant disrespectful of her. I would be the first one to thank and congratulate her for service to our Country. Also , A VERERAN is a VETERAN, regardless of ones Rank and you should show respect for the Uniform they ware and what it represents. I suggest you reread what I had asked in the first place.
Gary Paxton October 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Big K. Sorry to jump down your throat. It’s just that we struggled to find vets. A lot of people had/have great ideas to go and speak to the Local VFW or American Legion, but they never followed through. They just assume others will take care of it. Did not mean to direct that frustration at you. Now that we have gotten through the first game, more people are coming forward. We have a local family whose father is a Korean war Vet. He will be at the next game. Please understand however, he lives in Southington, but he has local connections. Major Smith was my choice because she is also connected with a local family, a veteran of our most recent wars, and a women. This is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cheerleaders and Football players wearing pink… pink cupcakes for sale. So I felt Val was a great candidate to kick this program off. The unsung hero here is Coach Bozzi. Here is a man who spends countless hours teaching our kids the game of football and working to win games, and then spending countless more volunteer hours working with veterans. He is teaching our kids a valuable lesson. Our freedom, which is provided and protected by our Veterans, allows us to play sports. Coach Bozzi is teaching the players to think and to say “Thanks”.
Lisa Davenport November 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I've made it a personal mission to thank Verterans when I see them, year round in grocery stores, on street corners where ever I stumble upon them. Within minutes I can give you a long list if Verterans in Durham & Midflefield. The act of honoring our Vets is a terrific lesson for our youth ... One that isn't taught enough, I applaud the coach & team for drawing more awareness to our Veterans, and honoring them. With that said, I had the same reaction Big K had, local? ..... Right here in your comments you have a Vet. Seriously, message me I can give a list a mile long of residents right here in Durham & Midflefield. Vets from WWII thru current serving soldiers Honoring residents is in my opinion more effective, the kids honor a Vet that they most likely will run into many more times in their travels through town and will certainly be constant reminder of who these Very special men & women are..... Again I applaud the effort ..... And Scott Wheeler, if your reading the comments thanks for your service!

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